Albert Coles Jenny Lind Coin Cheese Scoop, a Rarity
This coin silver cheese scoop in Albert Coles' (NY) Jenny Lind stands apart on several counts. First, it is a form not usually seen by this maker. Second, it is in a form that pairs a solid shank with a hollow handle. While examples of this routinely show up in master butter knives, youth and pickle sets, and tea knives, this pairing in a substantial serving item is quite out of the ordinary. It is completely original, and self-evidently so, with the maker's mark stamped on the shank, and a well-fitted join with the handle. The piece is a lengthy 9 3/8" long, and weighs 2.2 T. oz., some portion of which would be the pitch or other fill in the handle. The shank is finely engraved in a leaf pattern, while the handle is monogrammed "K" in Old English lettering. Apart from some surface nicking on the handle, there are no signs of wear. The seams are tight, and there are no splits.